Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hearts!

The Make Art challenge this month....use hearts!
I decided on a simple journal page, using the archival ink/alcohol background, and the song that was playing on the radio at the time. LOL


I'll keep it short...
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pasted!!

There's a new challenge blog in town...featuring the art and products of none other than the famous Wendy Vecchi...you can check it out HERE.  I decided to make yet another "shortie" tag for my book.    The challenge is to use Wendy's embossing paste.  No problem.  I have a ton of it. LOL.   Here's the tag, I'll do the deets after.

So, I started by covering the tag with the gold embossing paste, impatiently let it dry, then covered it with the crackle paste.  While that was drying, Rocky and I went for a walk.  Since I applied the crackle paste a little thick, I got some really nice, big, chunky cracks.  Woot!!  I then used vintage photo ink to darken the edges, and some mustard seed right in the middle, where the heart was going to be placed.  It's hard to see, but there is some background stamping with tiny text and my other fave background stamp.
The heart has three layers, the base heart is chip covered with Queen's Gold embossing powder and stamped with tiny text.  The middle heart (red) is white embossing paste colored with red acrylic paint, then stamped with snow white pigment ink and polka dots.  The small heart is actually a plastic button covered with gold paint.
The sign hanger is chipboard covered with several different embossing powders to get a rusted look, and I actually used a small piece of old jewelry chain to hang the heart from. 
ALERT!!!  Cool finding..... I stamped the numbers along the bottom, and the stamp is actually just an outline of the numbers, so I grabbed the black Sakura glaze pen and went to work filling in the numbers...just because I wanted to.  The pen filled in the numbers, but didn't get in the cracks of the crackle paste, so the cracks still appeared!  I think it looks really cool.  The bird on top was done the same way.  
Anyways, that's the dirty low down on that tag.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  
Oh, and here's a side view of my "shortie" tag book, gettin' a little full!!

As always, thanks for stopping by, why don't you go get pasted? LOL

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cards for Christmas!!!

Before I forget...Merry Christmas to all!
I hope everyone is ready for it!  I'm fairly proud of myself, everything is pretty much done..just a few little things to get. I even managed to get Christmas cards out!  I don't want to gloat too much, however, because I'm sure there is something major I'm forgetting and I'll be in panic mode at some point.  At any rate, the card thing brings me to the post for today.  I loved Tim's tag for December, so I recreated it, only I made it a simple card for mailing.  Here we go...
 Obviously, I improvised with items already on hand.  And yes, the WISHES could have been a little more to the right....
Instead of frosted, I used Clearly for Art with frosted film on it.  The sewing machine took it pretty well, although that needle is headed for the garbage.  Oh wait a minute, I could probably put that needle on a canvas or something. Check.
Ok, here's one that kind of combined Tim's tag for December and the post he did a couple of days later about the snowflake card...
 Oh yeah, gotta love pictures taken at night.  lol.  I'm glad I added the bling on the bottom.  I'm hoping they travel through the mail ok.  I'm sure I'll be the first to know. lol
The next one is my fave, I think..what was supposed to be a half hour card, turned into a 2 day process.  I tried to keep it flat for mailing, but it's a big one, basically an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock folded in half.
 I love Wendy's brick stencil...I use it a LOT.  Here's the inside of the door, don't mind the end of my thumb...
That Christmas tree stamp is an old Stampin' Up stamp, from the O Tannebaum set..I really like it.
So, there you have it!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!
Thanks for stopping!
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tim's Tag for November

Ack!! Just getting this done before November is OVER!!! 

At any rate, I have to admit, I struggled with this one, and don't feel that it's my best work, but, it is what it is.  Since I obviously didn't have the leaf die and embossing folder, I went with Umbrella Man...here we go.....

I used a gears embossing folder to emboss with.  I did find that you need to use bright colors, in order for the die cut area to show up.  The oval has a partial remnant rub on it, and looks like old enamel.  I love using black chipboard for that. 
Thanks for stopping!  
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Journal Pages

So, I have, like, a gazillion art journals started.  When I first started, I bought a basic journal at a local store, only to find out that the paper stinks.  I use it as an "experimental" journal, because I can't stand to see anything go to waste.  I decided to do a layout "Finn" style... here's the spread with everything glued and covered in gesso...

 No, I have no idea how the blue spot got in the photo.  It's really just white, not blue. LOL


 And, here's the finished pages...
 

Trust me when I say, it looks better in real life...taking photos at night is not my speciality, but it's the only time it gets done.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

INSPIRE!!

I saw Wendy's graniteware technique, loved it, and wanted to try it.  You can check out the post about her technique HERE.  
My twist on it was, instead of using snow white ink and a stamp, I sprinkled some white UTEE on everything while the embossing powder was still hot.  It didn't give the splotchy effect like the stamping would have, but it turned out ok, I thought.


I used Clearly for Art Blackout as the base for the flowers and leaves.  I don't have Wendy's new embossing powders, but, I used what I had.  I love turquoise, so, yep, turquoise for the flower it is.  The yellow/orange flowers are Ocher, and the leaves are Lettuce...I think.  I used more of the turquoise powder for the frame, and to make it look grungy, added some black paint around the edges.  The flourish stamps on the background are Wendy's, of course.  Love those.  The "INSPIRE" was a metal word I've had for ages, covered with black embossing powder.  That's pretty much the story on this piece! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

August Tag Swap!!

I was recently in a tag swap with a group of friends, and thought I would show you what I made for the swap.  These are #8 tags, no theme was chosen, so artist's choice!  I decided to Finnabair-ish....I just love her style!!!  Speaking of...I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a couple of classes with Finn back in July, I'll post those pics at a later date...loved every minute of it!!
Anyways...here are the tags I made, there's a whole lotta layers on these tags!! 





 I started with a basic manila #8 tag...added torn strips of paper, canvas, fabric, lace, then covered everything with gesso.  Added stamping, more paper, bits of lace, thread, then sprayed with various inks, splattered some paint, and Viola! Oh, and let's not forget the awesome metal embellishments..Idea-ology, Prima Mechanicals, Maya Road, and some various filigree pieces I had in the stash.  It really looked like a hot mess in the beginning, but they came together rather well, I thought.  The photos are from Tim's Lost and Found stack, yep, I still have some of that left. 
Here are the tags I received in the swap... pretty cool, huh?  Loved them!!
 I keep meaning to make a "photo background" for my art, but it seems that the old flour sack is going to be a permanent background. lol.  I think of it, oh, about now, when I actually post something. 
Thanks for stopping by!!! I appreciate it!